India suffering mounting losses: corps commander

Published: November 19, 2016
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GILGIT: The Indian army’s casualties doubled in recent days, rendering the cost of ceasefire violations unbearable for the adversary, Commander of 10 Corps Lieutenant-General Malik Zafar Iqbal said on Friday.

“Only 20 of our soldiers embraced martyrdom while they lost more than 40 soldiers,” the corps commander told a selected gathering of parliamentarians and journalists in Gilgit. The gathering was also attended by the region’s Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman, and Commander of Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA) Major-General Saqib Mehmood.

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“If they violate the ceasefire during the day, we manage to settle the score before evening, but if it [the violation] occurs during night, we respond in kind before dawn,” said Lt-Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal.

Earlier, the corps commander visited the Khunjerab Top – the entry point of the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – where he inaugurated an ATM machine.

According to him, India had set up a special section within its intelligence apparatus for obstructing the CPEC. “But we are ready to foil the enemy’s nefarious designs.”

The corps commander, who visited the area 10 days after a sit-in was staged by a religious group on the Karakoram Highway, urged public representatives to settle internal conflicts through negotiations, instead of staging protest demonstrations on highways.

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He said until recently, the government had been worried about the law and order situation in G-B, but the region was now one of the most peaceful areas in the world because of the combined efforts of government and public representatives. “This is all because of teamwork,” he said.

Expressing the hope for rapid development, the corps commander said: “Work will soon start for building a cadet college at Chilas and Gilgit-Skardu road after completion of formalities.”

“The army is determined to eliminate terrorism across the country,” he was quoted as telling the chief minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ramesh Kumar
    Nov 19, 2016 - 8:55AM

    “Only 20 of our soldiers embraced martyrdom while they lost more than 40 soldiers,”
    How is it that Indian causalities are always in multiples of Pakistani losses?Recommend

  • Nomad
    Nov 19, 2016 - 9:15AM

    Lies lies and more lies… God save you people..Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 19, 2016 - 9:17AM

    Pakistani civilians need to force their politicians to be bold and take out this country from a national security state to an advanced science-loving welfare state. Else, we would be nothing more than another North Korea in the making.Recommend

  • Virkaul
    Nov 19, 2016 - 9:18AM

    What kind of mindset is this? Why is the LOC being kept hot? Is it to push infiltrators before the snowfall and keeping chances of present COAS’ extension issue alive?Recommend

  • Altif
    Nov 19, 2016 - 9:38AM

    Readers Tail Gunner, Ajit Singh Malik and Afzal Mulla you guys has just nailed it. No need me to write anything more.Recommend

  • Amit
    Nov 19, 2016 - 10:21AM

    Yes India is suffering a huge and unbearable losses and that’s the reason Pakistan is running around the world asking for someone to help and mediate so that India comes to the table and talk.i see the same rhetoric used perviously by Pakistani army in 1965 and 1971.Recommend

  • Amit
    Nov 19, 2016 - 10:23AM

    So now you say u lost 20 men of yours, that’s a progress soon you will start declaring the actual tally.Recommend

  • Truth
    Nov 19, 2016 - 10:23AM

    More such stories will be created before retirement just to show people. Expect such stories every day from now till this month end.Recommend

  • Rao Amjad Ali
    Nov 19, 2016 - 11:12AM

    @Ramesh Kumar – Pakistan’s Armed Forces have gone through the wringer, fighting insurgencies on its western border for more than a decade now and have thus become battle hardy. Field engagement in real time (not a mere military exercise) coupled with faith in the Almighty have no substitutes and there are no short-cuts either. The US spent over a trillion dollars, lost more than 5000 soldiers, thousands more Afghan soldiers, children, women and the elderly lost their limb and life and Afghanistan is still embroiled in conflict with the finest fighting machine in the world, which has been forced to retreat.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Nov 19, 2016 - 11:42AM

    Simple. If India’s losses are double of yours, do not complain against cease fire violations, in fact you should encourage and contribute to increase of such violations. Frankly speaking, I am enjoying the jokes of Pakistani Navy and Army. Keep it up. We can not compete with you in cracking such ludicrous jokes. Recommend

  • Vectra
    Nov 19, 2016 - 11:52AM

    1st they said 7 and now saying 20.Seems they are now adding the previous surgical strike no which they have denied earlier to Indian claims. Note the number may be of Pakistan’s soldiers only minus militant casualties.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Nov 19, 2016 - 11:52AM

    Oh yes, plus India lost every war it fought with Pakistan and you are the best country in the world. The story line is predictable and boring. Recommend

  • Puja
    Nov 19, 2016 - 12:22PM

    So 7 has reached to 20 nowRecommend

  • kamal
    Nov 19, 2016 - 12:36PM

    @Ramesh Kumar: Because you are Dravidians and Hindus.Recommend

  • citizen26
    Nov 19, 2016 - 2:39PM

    Wow so much of hatred towards Pakistan, as expected. However sad part is that a hatred is expressed by Indians with a blind eye to their own wrongs. Sad very sadRecommend

  • Sach
    Nov 19, 2016 - 4:28PM

    @Pukubanger:
    Why not , every human life is important and we are sane people to approach international community to force your govt to stop this insanity .
    And we can’t match your level as you and your army gave the world a new definition of surgical strikes lately Recommend

  • Menon
    Nov 19, 2016 - 4:30PM

    Those who are taking losses scream the lousest saying, “they are inflicting losses” and those who are inflicting losses doesn’t need to say anything. Their actions speak louder than words.Recommend

  • Samrat
    Nov 19, 2016 - 5:15PM

    @Kamal and better than the Mullahs !Recommend

  • PakArmy Luver
    Nov 20, 2016 - 3:47PM

    Some of the Indian soldiers must have been Muslin too who would have been “Martyred”, hence reducing the number of soldiers “KILLED”, the actual toll could be in 100s.Recommend

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